GOOD EYE

Album version

Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho!

I was standing by the river where the cold black water runs
I was standing by the river where the cold black water runs
I had my good eye to the dark and my blind eye to the sun

I had all the earthly riches, I had each and every one
I had all the earthly riches, I had each and every one
But I had my good eye to the dark and my blind eye to the sun

Well I swore to you my darling, that you were the only one
Yes I swore to you my darling, you were the only one
I had my good eye to the dark and my blind eye to the sun

Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho!


Page last updated: 24 Jan 2009

Intro

Music and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen, GOOD EYE is from Bruce Springsteen's 2009 album Working On A Dream.

The track duration is 3:01. The first (partial) public preview of the song was on 15 Dec 2008 when 30-second samples of the album tracks were published on Amazon.co.uk.

Composition and Recording

According to Springsteen, GOOD EYE was written during the last weeks (May-Jun 2007) of mixing Magic, which was taking place at Southern Tracks Studios in Atlanta, GA. Springsteen laid down a demo of the song with producer Brendan O'Brien before they left the studio when Magic was completed.

As it is the case with most of Working On A Dream, this track was recorded with the E Street Band at Southern Tracks Studios in Atlanta, GA, during breaks on the 2007-2008 Magic Tour, and most probably in January or May 2008.

Working On A Dream

Working On A Dream is Springsteen's 24th album (and 16th studio album). It was released on 27 Jan 2009 on Columbia Records. The album was officially announced, along with its track listing, on 17 Nov 2008. The album is produced by Brendan O'Brien and was recorded with the E Street Band during breaks on their 2007-2008 Magic Tour. It was recorded and mixed at Southern Tracks in Atlanta, GA with additional recording in New York City, Los Angeles, and New Jersey.

Springsteen said about the album, "Towards the end of recording 'Magic,' excited by the return to pop production sounds, I continued writing. When my friend producer Brendan O'Brien heard the new songs, he said, 'Let's keep going.' Over the course of the next year, that's just what we did, recording with the E Street Band during the breaks on last year's tour. I hope 'Working on a Dream' has caught the energy of the band fresh off the road from some of the most exciting shows we've ever done. All the songs were written quickly, we usually used one of our first few takes, and we all had a blast making this one from beginning to end."

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The album features 12 new Springsteen compositions plus a bonus track and clocks at 51:08.

Working On A Dream track list:

  1. OUTLAW PETE
  2. MY LUCKY DAY
  3. WORKING ON A DREAM
  4. QUEEN OF THE SUPERMARKET
  5. WHAT LOVE CAN DO
  6. THIS LIFE
  7. GOOD EYE
  8. TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS
  9. LIFE ITSELF
  10. KINGDOM OF DAYS
  11. SURPRISE SURPRISE
  12. THE LAST CARNIVAL
  13. THE WRESTLER [bonus track]

A deluxe edition of Working On A Dream features a bonus DVD that contains a 38-minute behind-the-scenes footage of the recording of the album. Produced, directed, and edited by Thom Zimny, it includes studio footage edited to the tracks of MY LUCKY DAY, QUEEN OF THE SUPERMARKET, KINGDOM OF DAYS, WORKING ON A DREAM, LIFE ITSELF, and THE LAST CARNIVAL. It also contains demos and early band versions of the songs as they were worked up. The DVD also includes video for A NIGHT WITH THE JERSEY DEVIL.

The album is also available as a vinyl record.

Credits

Thanks John Eick and Michael Reed.